Why does it strike and what can we do about it?
A video lesson on how to write a short story in 40 minutes or thereabouts.
Set a timer for 40 minutes and to write a story in that time.
TipsContinue reading “[Writing Prompt] 40 Minute Story”
In which I discuss the ‘rules’ of StoryADay May and how to get started laying the foundations now.
Catch the replay of me and Marya Brennan from NaNoWriMo’s Young Writer’s Program answering questions about short story writing!
Today I encourage you to write a warm-up story today, and invite you to join the StoryADay Superstars
This is an awesome way to quickly launch (and finish) a new story, any time you have time to write but are short on inspiration. Try it!
Use this story formula to to create an interesting character, give them a desire, kick off some intriguing action and plan the kind of resolution you want. Continue reading “Write on Wednesday – Quick Story Formula”
We’re less than a month away from StoryADay May 2018.
Yes, I’m going to be providing you with optional writing prompts. The best stories, however, come from ideas that you care about.
You can use my prompts, but it is going to be the sparks of ideas that you collect, that ignite your stories.
That’s why, before every challenge, I encourage you to gather Story Sparks, fragments of maybe-story-ideas.
Gather three Story Sparks a day for the next week.
- Read this post on Story Sparks, with some ideas to get you started.
- Read the “Secrets To Your Success” article from the StoryADay Essentials series, which defines a Story Spark and how you can use them to ‘win’ StoryADay.
- If you’re already on the mailing list, dig out the Creativity Bundle you received when you subscribed, and use the Story Sparks Catchers I created for you. If you aren’t on the mailing list, sign up to get your Story Sparks Bundle now!
If you collect three Story Sparks a day now, you will
- Gather 21 interesting nuggets for inclusion in stories, this week alone
- Start looking at the world like a writer does: it’s all material
- Train your brain to start thinking creatively
- Be bursting with ideas when you sit down to write!
Today’s prompt continues the month’s theme of looking at different short story forms you can try out.
This one’s a challenge, but really fun.
Write a story in 14 sentences
- You can simply write 14 sentences.
- You could use the Petrarchan form of sonnet where the first 8 lines/sentences propose an argument or an idea and the second 8 answer or refute it.
- You could use the Shakespearean form, with three groups of 4 linked sentences, followed by two lines/sentences that provide illumination, a revelation, a twist or an explanation.
- You could write a sonnet series, with each group of 14 lines fulfilling a different function in your story.
- Writing this way is hard but it frees you. Instead of worrying about writing well, you’re concentrating on the form. Sometimes that tricks your brain into writing really well; sometimes it’s just a triumph to have written at all.
Leave a comment telling us how it went!
This month I’m pushing us to write short stories in odd forms, lists, conversations, letters, all kinds of things.
Short stories can be told in narrative form, like mini-novels, but they don’t have to be. Part of the fun of being a short story writer is the ability to twist people’s brains, surprise them, make the familiar unfamiliar. You can do that with your images, but you can also do it with a story’s form.
Write A Story In The Form Of A List